‘Quicas’ among us: Following in the footsteps of Santo Toribio’s sister

Sister Sheila

Maria Marcos Romo Gonzalez, also called “Quica,” the sister of Mexican martyr St. Toribio Romo Gonzalez, dedicated her life to enabling poor children, including her brother, to receive a Christ-centered education. 

The Quica Project, bearing her name, recognizes the need for schools to open their doors to all children, regardless of the child’s economic status.

In helping with its mission, The Quica Project tells the stories of the people who have helped sustain and grow St. Catherine of Siena School in Reseda in an effort to inspire others to give and organize their giving. 

This year, four “Quicas” were honored at a dinner July 17 in St. Catherine’s School hall: Barbara May Theresa Werle, Gustavio Farias, Father Raúl Cortes and Sister Sheila McNiff, the current principal of the school. The traveling relics of St. Toribio were at the event. 

Sister Sheila was faced with the task of saving St. Catherine’s school five years ago when it faced closure with only 57 students. Today, its enrollment has tripled and more than 90 percent of families receive financial assistance. ν

 

— Tamara Tirado

 


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Easter and beyond

Anne Hansen

We move quickly from our major religious holidays each year. It’s not intentional. Life hurries along and as soon as the sun sets on one holiday the next is being touted by merchants looking to sell us whatever the next big day brings. To remain in the spirit of the religious holiday — in this case Easter — takes deliberate intention.

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April 25, 2015

  • Saturday, April 25

    Super Groovy 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys. Sponsored by St. Euphrasia School, this year’s “Super Groovy” theme celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary of its founding in 1964 and serves as a tribute to that nostalgic era of peace and love — the 60’s. At the finish line, all runners and walkers will be puffed with clouds of psychodelic color. Registration $25-$40. For more information, contact Susie Sempelsz, (818) 488-1598. info@knights5k.org.

    5th Annual Car Show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Junipero Serra High School, 14830 S Van Ness Ave., Gardena. Featuring classics, hot rods, and muscle cars as well as food, music, vendors and raffles. (310) 324-6675. la-serrahs.org.

    Challenge Weekend for Men, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Povorello Retreat House, 1519 Woodworth St., San Fernando. Presented by St. John Eudes and Our Lady of Grace Men’s Fellowships. Men will not board overnight; lunch is provided both days. $90 or donation. Register at knowingweekend.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Fred Perez, (818) 749-5126.

    First Annual Sacred Heart High School Gala, 5 p.m., Los Angeles City College New Student Activities Center, 855 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event, themed “United to Empower,” will benefit the Comet Scholarship Fund.



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